Nicole McGrath is a graduate student in the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program, a UT Graduate School Mentor Fellow, and President of the Community and Regional Planning Student Organization (CRPSO). 

Prior to attending UT Austin, Nicole spent 3 years working as an Air Transportation Specialist based in McMurdo Station, Antarctica, coordinating the movement of cargo between the station and remote polar field camps. She also worked in the planning field as the Interim Transportation Planning Coordinator for the Town of Miami Lakes and as the Environmental Planning/Public Involvement Intern for Jacobs Engineering in Austin, TX. Nicole is currently a Graduate Research Assistant for Administration with the USDOT Tier 1 UTC: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2). Nicole also serves as an Alternate Member on the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council. Her research focuses on funding active transportation networks, specifically sidewalk maintenance and construction. When she's not working, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching Game of Thrones with her husband and 2 cats. 


  • M.S. in Community and Regional Planning Candidate (2019), University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. in Political Science and English (2010), University of Florida